The Proclaimers, the Scots twins Craig and Charlie Reid, have a great video to accompany a great song Spinning Around in the Air, the first single from Like Comedy, the pair's latest album. Matt Lucas, the Little Britain star, in his music video directorial debut, has the Reids in drag playing old ladies at a wild Golden Wedding party. No, I couldn't hear all the lyrics either; a good reason to listen to the song again here.
I’m not going into that good night – gentle or any other way – for as long as possible. Hence the launch of this blog in December 2009 a month before my 65th birthday.
Why the blog's name? When my doctor temporarily prescribed statins to reduce my cholesterol levels she told me to exclude grapefruit from my diet. I received the profoundest sense of my own mortality.
I’ve never liked grapefruit but now banned they called to me siren-like from supermarket shelves.
Forbidden grapefruit, it can only be a short step until my body was denied solid food and then oxygen itself.
Originally a cultural blog subtitled last stop before the abyss, after building a large archive, I re-launched in a new guise in March 2012 and again in April 2014.
My interests are widespread; by nature I prefer to look forward rather than back. I’m male; divorced with grownup children; a retired national newspaper journalist; and a Londoner. GC